Police open inquiry into Kansanshi mine ‘cheating’
By Staff Reporter
Labour Commissioner Chanda Kaziya has reported Kansanshi Mine management to the police for allegedly giving false information to a public officer.
Kaziya said the management at Kansanshi Mine in Solwezi allegedly gave false information to a team of labour inspectors investigating whether there was justification for the mining company to contemplate laying off workers following new taxes expected to take effect in April this year.
Kaziya disclosed that the management at Kansanshi Mine gave him three contradicting pieces of information regarding the company’s payroll.
“The mine management however, argued that the information that was given to his team was correct depending on how you are looking at it,” he said.
Kaziya has since reminded all employers that they were by law required to give correct and accurate information as and when it is requested for by government.
And Police in North-Western Province have opened an inquiry into reports that Kansanshi Mining Plc gave false information to a public officer over the impending job cuts.
North Western Province Police Commissioner Hudson Namachila said the inquiry followed a complaint filed by Kaziya against Kansanshi.
Meanwhile, First Quantum Minerals (FQM) Country Manager Kingsley Chinkuli has confirmed the development.
General Chinkuli said Kansanshi had given a statement to the police over a complaint lodged by the labour commissioner in relation to the pending retrenchment of workers.
He said the information is in line with the terms of reference of the committee appointed to audit mines in view of the new taxes and job cut threats.
FQM recently announced that about 2,500 miners would lose their jobs, with layoffs starting this month.
Last week, a team comprising technocrats from Ministries of Labour, Mines, Trade and Commerce, Justice, Home Affairs, the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and other government departments, engaged Kansanshi and Kalumbila mines over planned job cuts.
The mines have indicated that they would lay off up to 5,700 expatriates and local workers saying the new taxes will result significantly affect their operations.